Chinese Government admits fault in tainted milk case

tainted milkAnd now the Chinese government is crying over spilled milk.

China’s Premier Wen Jiabao said in an interview that his government was partly to blame for the contaminated milk scandal.

While assuring tough legislation and monitoring, the Chinese Premier said his government is to blame concerning industry regulation.

“We feel that although problems occurred at companies, the government also bears responsibility, particularly in the area of monitoring,” Wen told Science Magazine in an interview also posted on the central government’s website.

The food poisoning incident has killed four infants and sickened 53,000 throughout the country.

The scandal erupted when melamine was discovered in Chinese-made dairy products, including milk powder, liquid milk and yogurt.

Melamine is used in the manufacturing of plastics, fertilizer, paint and adhesives. Health experts say ingesting a small amount poses no danger, but in larger doses, the chemical can cause kidney stones and lead to kidney failure. Infants are particularly at risk.